UN Security Council Reform

19.01.2010
Mr. Chairman,

I would like to begin by thanking you for convening this meeting. Let me also thank you for your letter dated 13 January 2010 which provides guidance to us in the forthcoming rounds of the intergovernmental negotiations. In accordance with your letter, we stand ready to discuss today the areas of convergence between the positions and proposals of Member States.

I would also like to thank you for bringing to our attention the letter dated 23 December 2009 signed by 138 countries. While by and large we concur with the substance of that letter as well, I wish to bring to your knowledge the fact that our Delegation has not been requested by its authors to sign up to it. This is rather unfortunate, not least because, if we had been approached, we may have considered signing the letter too.

The letter of 23 December 2009 reflects the common desire of the membership to move the reform process further. Turkey sincerely shares this desire. On the other hand, we also believe that the principles of transparency and inclusiveness should be respected throughout this process. As a matter of fact, the areas of convergence between different positions and proposals cannot be plausibly identified by excluding some Member States or groups of Member States.

Mr. Chairman,

The previous rounds of the intergovernmental negotiations have revealed various areas of convergence as well as divergence among the five key issues identified in Decision 62/557 of the General Assembly. According to us, the areas of convergence include the size of the enhanced Council, its working methods as well as its relations with the General Assembly. As regards the size, there seems to be a convergence around mid-twenties. There is also general support for enhancing openness and transparency of the Security Council as well as increasing the accountability of the Council to the general membership.

As for the other key issues, namely the categories of membership, veto and regional representation, there seems to be divergence. We believe that the paper to be prepared pursuant to the above-mentioned letter should reflect these divergences as well. On such areas where there is no convergence, we should all demonstrate compromise and flexibility in order to move the process forward.

Last but not least, in order for the Chair to be able to prepare a text with options, all proposals of the Member States and groups of Member States need to be submitted to the intergovernmental negotiations. Some groups have already submitted their proposals in writing during the negotiations. Some other groups, however, have not yet done so. Taking this opportunity, we call on those remaining Member States to submit their proposals in writing at an early convenience, so that these could also be incorporated into the options paper.

We look forward to continuing our discussion in this forum and stand ready to engage in real negotiations on those areas characterized by divergence in full cooperation with you, Mr. Chairman.

Thank you.